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Consumer Reports reliability data....

Interesting - BMW doesn't seem to fare well on reliability, but satisfaction is high...

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post #2 of 8 Old Mar 28th, 2013, 7:07 am
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Re: Consumer Reports reliability data....

The misleading part is that most of the repairs reported were not repairs the would leave you stranded like the switch cluster that a lot of BMW's have had replaced. The fuel strips on the "R" bikes & other little problems. I tow bikes for a living & I'll have to say I tow every make & model made. They all have or will have one problem or another. In the Austin Area there are more HD's then any other make so yes I tow more Harleys. But on the flip side there are a lot less Ducati's so I tow fewer of them. I would like to see a report on the number of miles on average each model they tested have. I would guess that BMW would have twice if not more the miles then any other so yes they would have more repairs.

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Re: Consumer Reports reliability data....

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....................... I would like to see a report on the number of miles on average each model they tested have. I would guess that BMW would have twice if not more the miles then any other so yes they would have more repairs.
I agree with you. I read that article and had the same thoughts. I am disappointed with CR publishing a report based on such limited data. They typically test the hell out of the products that they evaluate but publish a report on Motorcycle Reliability based simply on a customer survey. BOO!

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Re: Consumer Reports reliability data....

Great Mr. Affordable Beemer Services, aka Chris Harris, is just going to have a field day with this on youtube.

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Re: Consumer Reports reliability data....

I didn't read the whole article, but it's nothing we don't already know. We all like our bikes enough to look past the problems. Final drive, noisy brakes, bad shocks, failing brake lines, poor lighting, uncomfortable saddle, etc, etc.

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Re: Consumer Reports reliability data....

I've owned more than a few motorcycles through the years. Other than a flat tire only a Harley left me stranded on the side of the road due to a scattered transmission. Have had the usual electrical issues of failed generators, regulators, wiring harnesses going up in smoke, exhaust systems falling off, chains breaking, broken oil lines, brake issues, broken clutch cables, have always been fortunate enough to be able to cobble something together enough to ride it home.
Shredded primary belt, no worries, got a spare in the saddle bag. Slipped it on the side of I-80 in Indiana.
Those flat tires have sidelined me too many times through the years. Not a lot you going to do Sunday afternoon of a 3 day weekend with a hole in your back tire big enough to stick your finger in except trailer it home best you can.

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Final drive failure has to contribute to BMW's survey results.

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One of the automotive periodicals was questioned by a reader who took issue with their evaluation of a car which was contrary to the CU report. The response was as follows:
"We don't test toasters, we wish they wouldn't test cars"
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